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Michael Tanner
BBC Music Magazine, March 2012

The Gulbenkian Choir is fearless and exults in Beethoven’s demands © 2012 BBC Music Magazine

Rob Cowan
Gramophone, February 2012

My viewing completed, I thought to myself: this has to be the greatest religious work of them all. The ultimate accolade, you might say: the performance has done its job, and I am duly uplifted. Right from the first bars of the Kyrie you can tell that interpretational fervour is a high priority, a hunch that is magnificently borne out by the fiery Gloria, where the incisive cut and thrust of the Gulbenkian Choir’s singing is matched by an equally intense contribution from the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. So, if you’re after a fine Missa on screen, look no further. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Stephen Francis Vasta
Opera News, February 2012

John Nelson leads a powerful performance of this daunting score. He’s not afraid to move the music along: the Gloria starts with a nice headlong impulse, and the concluding fugues here and in the Credo are brisk and driving. Yet Nelson also responds to the music’s variety, infusing the flowing cantabiles with a lovely buoyancy, playing the introspective: the Sanctus unfolds patiently, with solemn mystery.

[Tamara Wilson, Nikolai Schukoff, Brindley Sherratt, and Elizabeth DeShong] constitute an impeccably balanced, blended quartet …

The conservative video production manage an interesting variety of camera angles…all nicely done. The sonic are beautiful… © 2012 Opera News

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